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2 Thessalonians 1:11

"So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do."

Old black phone in a red phone booth.

Paul often tells Christians to live a life worthy of their calling (e.g., Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9). This concept of living up to one's calling makes me imagine what it would be like if God called us on the telephone. If the phone rang and you knew it was God on the other end, would you pick it up? And what do you think God would say to you?

If you are a Christian, God is already messaging you. He's asking you to live in a way that pleases him. As Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 1:11, your faith should be prompting you to do good deeds. You may need God's help to fully carry out those deeds, but you certainly don't need special instructions on when to get started.

Here's an exercise that will involve doing something that you probably haven't done in a while. The next time you receive a phone call from a number you don't recognize, answer the phone. If you get an automated message simply hang up. However, if you get a live person take a moment to listen to their sales pitch. Try to remember their name if they provide it. When you get a chance to talk, simply say, "I hope your day is going well [insert their name]. How have you managed through this pandemic? Is there anything I can pray for you about?" I know this interaction sounds strange, and for some people it may be a bit embarrassing, but if your faith prompts you to do it, give it a try and see what happens. You never know how God may use this conversation to accomplish good things.

(New Living Translation; photo credit: Antoine Barrès via Unsplash)

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